2012-02-23 / Arts & Entertainment News

Announcing The Naples Players’ 2012-13 season lineup

Moving into their 60th year, The Naples Players announce their 2012-13 season productions.

In Blackburn Hall

¦ “Shout, the Mod Musical” takes the main stage in Blackburn Hall Oct. 3-27. Created by Phillip George and David Lowenstein, it celebrates the fun, the fashions and the freedom that helped England swing in the ’60s.

¦ Up next is “Leading Ladies,” Nov. 21-Dec. 15. From Ken Ludwig, the author of Naples Players’ audience pleasers “Lend Me A Tenor” and “Moon Over Buffalo,” comes the exploits of two down-on-theirluck Shakespearean actors posing as longlost nephews to inherit the estate of a rich old woman.

¦ Neil Simon’s “Barefoot in the Park” is set for Jan. 9-Feb. 2, 2013. A sweet comedy of young love and commitment, the story follows newlyweds Corie and Paul as they negotiate their first apartment with eccentric neighbors and a meddling mother.

¦ “The Producers,” a musical comedy by Mel Brooks and Thomas Meehan, will delight audiences Feb. 27-March 30, 2013.

¦ Closing the season on the main stage is Agatha Christie’s “The Mousetrap,” the classic who-dun-it that has played to nearly 4 million audience members in England alone.

And in The Tobye Studio

¦ The Players’ Tobye Studio season begins with “Les Liaisons Dangereuses,” a drama by Christopher Hampton, Oct. 24-Nov. 17. This one is a sexy reflection on jealousy, the breakdown of opulence and the costs of passion in 18th century Paris.

¦ “Ghost-Writer,” by Michael Hollinger, follows Jan. 30-Feb. 23, 2013. Set in 1919, this tale of inspiration, expiration and vicarious love unfolds after novelist Franklin Woolsey dies while dictating his latest novel to his devoted secretary, Myra, who continues to type the unpublished work.

¦ Ending the season in the Tobye Studio is “The Clean House,” March 27-April 20, 2013. This quirky and poignant comedy, a Pulitzer Prize finalist, is about clean houses and messy lives, love and dust balls, and the power of a good joke.

Looking ahead

“As we move into our 60th year, I am extremely pleased and proud to be present such a diverse, yet well-rounded selection of musicals, comedy and drama available to the public,” says Dallas Dunnagan, artistic director for the troupe.

Tickets are $35 for main stage productions and $25 for shows in the Tobye Studio. A subscription for the five Blackburn performances is $150; a three-show Tobye subscription is $60. Subscriptions go on sale in early March.

For more information, call 263-7900 or visit www.naplesplayers.org. ¦

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